Published September 15, 2015 - Jacob Saulwick, SMH
Councils across NSW are finally being invited to have their say on the adequacy of regulation surrounding short-term rental accommodation, such as that facilitated by Airbnb.
Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker said he had asked Planning Minister Rob Stokes to push for an inquiry.
The NSW Legislative Assembly committee on environment and planning last week called for submissions for an inquiry into holiday letting, with submissions closing in two months.
The regulation of holiday letting outlets such as Airbnb has been a vexed issue for councils in the past couple of years. They have faced calls by some residents to limit the use of these booking tools which can, in some instances, conflict with local planning guidelines. And yet some councils have been keen to promote the services, which are increasingly popular with tourists and students.
Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker said he had asked Planning Minister Rob Stokes to push for an inquiry. Mr Parker said his electorate had more than 400 properties listed on Airbnb, and they were all in conflict with local planning rules.
"From a local government perspective, people are going to be able to have an opportunity to get a framework for how these industries work," Mr Parker said.
The terms of reference for the inquiry include an examination of the regulatory issues posed by short-term letting including customer safety, land use planning and neighbourhood amenity, and licensing and taxation.